Arts Funding

Funds for the arts are available from various sources, but demand is very high.

Winchester City Council hosts regular information events and seminars for fund-raisers and has a policy for funding arts activity through capital (buildings and equipment) and revenue (project and running costs). This page links you to more information about that as well as to other organisations which may be able to help.

  • National Foundation for Youth Music ( distributes lottery money to music based arts projects working with young people from birth to 25 years of age.
  • Jerwood Charitable Foundation ( provides funding for a wide range of arts based activities from circuses to literature.
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation ( funds arts projects that address issues of inequality and disadvantage, particularly in relation to young people.
  • Clore Duffield Foundation ( has an emphasis on supporting children, young people and vulnerable individuals.
  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation ( supports the development of new art-making in any art form.
  • Baring Foundation ( provides funding for arts based programmes; guidelines for each year's grant-making appear on its website.
  • Trusthouse Charitable Foundation Grants Programme (UK) ( works with charities and not-for-profit organisations that are active in the fields of Health Care and Disability; Community Support and the Arts and Education are able to apply for funding through the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation.
  • Think Big (UK) ( is an award scheme created by The Conservation Foundation and O2 who have come together to help people improve their local environment. Think Big will provide awards of up to £1,000 to local organisations and individuals to support environmental projects.
  • Winchester and East Hampshire Local Action Group ( is otherwise known as LEADER and provides grant funding for rural businesses and communities.
  • Own Art provides interest free loans for the purchase of contemporary art and craft. The programme aims to: broaden and deepen the public's understanding and appreciation of high quality visual arts, encourage increased sales of original work by living artists, make buying art more affordable for everyone, to support the development of the UK's visual arts infrastructure, and to make the arts accessible to the widest possible audience.
  • Take it Away provides interest free loans for the purchase of musical instruments. The programme aims to: increase access to owning musical instruments for children and young people, encourage participation in music making across a wide section of society, support a network of specialist musical instrument retailers across the country that provide a range of support services to customers.
  • Creative Industry Finance is a programme designed to assist creative and cultural enterprises in securing the finance and investment they need to successfully develop and grow into sustainable businesses. The programme aims to: provide access to finance for a wide range of enterprises operating within the cultural/creative industries, improve the business skills and commercial experience of small and medium size enterprises, improve the financial profile and lending history of creative businesses, provide and evidence base for the demand and effectiveness of loan finance as an alternative to grant funding.